Artist Spotlight: Charmian Devi – “No Peace” – “Radio Of None”

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Charmian Devi, Montreal-based singer-songwriter, enters this new decade with a new vision, releasing two out-of-the-ordinary singles, “No Peace” and “Radio of None.”

In touch with music since her youngest age thanks to having a father who was a fan of the 70’s most sought-after records by Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and all the legends that enriched the music scene back then, Charmian Devi naturally composes, creates, and writes .

Growing-up with this atmosphere surrounding her daily life, Charmian quickly picked-up music as her calling, and played in several bands, formed bands, and worked with the most respected musicians and artists throughout her long and fruitful journey.

This year, she released those two magnificent songs, produced by Marc Urselli in New York City, and recorded along very special musicians such as Bob Dylan’s bass player, Tony Garnier.  

Artist Spotlight: Charmian Devi – “No Peace” – “Radio Of None”

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Dylan Joseph’s New Single “City Dime” Brings A Maximum Dose Of Fun Vibes 

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Dylan Joseph, the American country music artist, is best known for the song he co-wrote for the show Malibu Surf, “Just Friends,” counting millions of views on YouTube. Today, he releases his most recent single, “City Dime,” blending rock-inspired soundscapes with country ones, and talking about a city girl who loves country boys. Despite having followed the way of life chosen for her by her family, she is attracted to country boys, and loves to spend good times with them. 

Dylan Joseph has crafted something truly unique and special for “City Dime,” blending rock and country music in a beautifully fun and highly energizing way. We recommend this song for anyone who loves great music, and especially to the aficionados of rock and country music. 

Following-up on “Closer To You” and “44,” both dropped earlier this year, “City Dime” is one more major drop by Dylan Joseph. Don’t miss it!

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/dylanjosephherrick/

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Interview With Hypnotic Soul Singer Amanda St John


Amanda St John is a soulful singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland. She is a mainstay on the Irish radio, festival and gig circuit and has been described as a “Head-turning vocalist with serious song writing prowess………a sensational artist” (Visit Dublin). She has worked with artists like Brian Kennedy, Eddi Reader, Mary Coughlan, Gareth Dunlop, Ciaran Gribbin (of INXS) and Jon Tiven (Grammy winning Nashville writer/producer whose CV has included BB King, Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones etc…).

After hearing Amanda’s voice, I had to find out more about her. Read the interview below and of course, take a listen to her music.

 

 

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MT: Hello Amanda, nice to cyber meet you. Wow, what a voice! Your voice and style, inclusive of the BV’s, are reminiscent of the real soul music from the good ol’ days. Who did you grow up listening to?

Amanda: Hey there, and thanks so much for the feedback. I actually grew up listening to Irish folk music, it wasn’t until I was about 18 that I started listening to soul music. I heard Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s going On’ album and it blew my mind. I started exploring the classics then like Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Roberts Flack and was so moved by the power and expression of these artists.

 

MT: Having been the 1st Independent Irish artist to record in the ‘Fame’ studios in Alabama, can you share your experience and the differences recording there as opposed to other studios you had previously recorded?

 

Amanda: It was like a dream come true walking in those doors and standing in the same vocal booth with the same mics and same musicians as my heros. At one point I had this really overwhelming thought and was like “Aretha was here!” It was a very different experience than my 1st album as I took my time with that and recorded it over a 6 month period here in a studio in Northern Ireland (with producer Mike Mormecha). This album was all live tracked (bass, guitar, drums and keys) and we were really on the clock as we had just 5 days to record the whole album. I traveled there with co-writer/drummer/producer Mike Mormecha and co-writer/guitar player Paul Tierney and I hired 2 of the original ‘swampers’ session musicians to complete the band. It was an absolute joy to work with David Hood (Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Percy Sledge, Paul Simon, Alesha Keys etc.) and Clayton Ivey (James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, Joss Stone etc) who welcomed us with open hearts and shared their wisdom and expertise so generously.

 

MT: Who do you now enjoy listening to as a fan?

Amanda: I’m listening to Gregory Porter, Lianne La Havas, Erika Badu and Leif Vollebekk a lot at the moment. I’m starting to write again for my next album so I’ve been revisiting classic songwriters like Joni Mitchel and Carole King for inspiration.

 

MT: When was your very first recording and release?

Amanda: I released my debut Ep ‘Where is The Man’ in 2012. I was late committing to myself and my music career to be honest.

 

MT: Your recent track of ‘Made Myself a Name’ indicates the struggles of trying to make it as a singer. Can you tell us what you find has been the most frustrating aspect of trying to make it in this business?

Amanda: The most frustrating part is getting your music to the right people. There are some playlists and DJ’s that I know my music would suit but without a budget for a radio plugger it’s difficult to reach these people. Finances are definitely the biggest struggle overall. It’s so expensive to produce good quality recordings, then you need a massive amount more for quality videos and promo material. I just wish a had a digital marketing budget too. Lol. Without big budgets everything just takes more time and you have to keep plugging away to build your fanbase organically.

 

MT: I believe you are a household name in Ireland, I apologise for not knowing you here in Australia, however, that will soon change   Where are you based at the moment and where do you plan and hope to take your music?

Amanda: Lol, you’re very kind and I wish I was but like so many artists I’m still building my name here too. I do have a good following in certain circles though and I’m grateful for that. I am based in Co.Antrim in a small rural seaside village, it’s such a lovely place to live and create. Belfast is my closest city. I’ve been very lucky to tour across the Uk & Ireland and also in the USA the last few years. I’d love to take my music to the European market and festival scene now, though I’m open to anywhere that receives my music well. 

 

MT: Can you explain a little bit about your song-writing process, who you have collaborated with and what it’s like to collaborate with such music royalty?

Amanda: I’ve been very lucky to write with some super talented Grammy award winning writers over the years but for this album most of it was written with my 2 main collaborators Paul Tierney and Mike Mormecha. I love collaborating as it helps bring a song to a new level when other writers add their ideas and creativity. It’s such a rewarding process to see an idea grow and take life.

 

MT: As an artist myself (way back), no matter how many releases you have, there is always excitement around each new release. Do you feel that each time you release something new, given the times we are in, (in regards to streaming and fans attempting to find new music); do you try and think of new ways/strategies with each new release?

Amanda: Yes it really is exciting but also very nerve wrecking. I write very autobiographically and these songs in particular are very raw emotionally in parts. It’s quite a vulnerable experience releasing your innermost thoughts and feelings into the world and sharing yourself at this level. The release strategy and business side of it is so important as every artist wants people to hear their music and reach press if you are to have any impact. I do find this the hardest part of things. Spotify and streaming has changed the game slightly too as it has really meant that music is more about numbers than sales these days. Everybody is literally learning to adapt and change to a very quick moving industry and figures suggest that less people are listening to albums so I released a lot more singles ahead of the full album this time to try and slowly increase fan base and listeners with each song. It’s all a bit trial and error to be honest but I am learning a lot.

 

MT: When you record, do you produce or arrange all the vocal parts, and do you naturally progress to the classic soul sounds of the likes of Aretha Franklin or Dusty Springfield; Is this a part of your nature and soul?

Amanda: That soul sound is very much at my core so I don’t have to think about it too much. I do all my own vocal parts and arrangements and a large majority if the backing vocal parts too. I actually had very severe vocal damage during production time and I had some good vocalist friends Matt McGinn and Siobhan Brown (who I’ve collaborated with a lot in the past and is so gifted at soul harmonies) who stepped in to help get the final bv parts recorded. I also love gospel choirs so had a small choir which I arranged parts for and led the recordings for a few songs.

 

MT: What has been your biggest challenge in your music career so far? How did you overcome that obstacle?

Amanda: I’ve had a lot of life challenges the last few years which make my music career hard to focus on and put me under immense pressure financially. During the production period with this album I lost a large amount of money when Pledge Music went bankrupt and I had a lot of time off earning due to caring for my father (who was terminally ill) and then soon after that the vocal damage I talked about. That was an extremely difficult period of life for me. I had just invested my life’s work into an album, was so broke I had no money to finish it and was told after 4 months of vocal treatment that the damage was so bad I might never sing again. I had so much work to do to heal and get back on my feet, and raise the funds I needed before I could release this album, it just makes me all the more proud though that I’ve finally got it out there into the world despite some very difficult obstacles.

 

MT: From what you have learned about your challenges in the music business, what advice would you like to give upcoming independent artists?

Amanda: Have a vision outside of success that you want to achieve and appreciate the small victories. You will get more rejections than successes but if you believe in yourself and that your music has a purpose then you will keep moving towards your goal even if it is taking longer than you hoped. Sometimes I get caught up in the business side of things and forget how far I’ve come as well as the joy of creating and touching audiences.

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MT:   Besides singing, do you play any musical instruments and How long have you been playing them?

Amanda: I have played guitar since I was a teenager, though I’m much more confident as the singer.

 

MT: What’s a typical day for you? Do you work on your music every day? What other activities or hobbies besides music do you like to do that your fans may like to know about?

Amanda: First and foremost I am a mum, I have a 12 year old daughter) who is my main focus in life. I also teach workshops on personal development, vocals and songwriting. I work with a lot of community and charity projects (mostly with teenagers) and am so committed to other people having belief in themselves and reaching their full potential. On my downtime I live by the beach and am very into nature and the outdoors.

 

MT: You have some major performances under your belt, including the prestigious Folk Alliance Festival, performing for the US president among many; Do you have any specific rituals or do anything specific before you head out on stage or even before you record your vocals in the studio?

Amanda: Yeah I do have to get into the zone and try to filter out all the nerves and inner noise. I usually do some vocal warm ups and deep breathing techniques to ground me and make me present to the moment.

 

MT:   In these horrid times of Covid 19, what are your music plans for this year and how has this current climate affected you both musically and personally?

Amanda: My plans have obviously changed drastically due to Covid. I had to cancel my US, UK & Irish Album release tour as well as all my festival dates for the summer. I’ve had to completely restructure my plans and focus on reaching people digitally. I’ve been doing Facebook Lives as well as Zoom concerts and have been working hard on creating new digital content. It’s been a huge blow financially but so many people are in the same boat so I can’t complain, I’m just grateful to be healthy at this point.

Personally I’ve really enjoyed the slower pace of life and appreciate the extra time with my daughter. We’re lucky to live in the countryside and the weather has been great so I feel like I’m getting a chance to recharge my batteries after such a stressful couple of years.

 

MT: Thank you so much for your time Amanda, I really appreciate it.

 

Amanda St John Latest Release June 2020 – ‘Take A Leap’

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Interview With Hypnotic Soul Singer Amanda St John

Interview With Hypnotic Soul Singer Amanda St John

The Star Prairie Project Releases Latest Coronavirus Inspired Single ‘Home of Hope’


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Written as a mental health endeavour to cope with lockdown, ‘Home of Hope’ is the latest single to come from recording band The Star Prairie Project. Feeling overwhelmed by news stories filled with stress and anxiety, ‘Home of Hope’ is meant to act as an uplifting counter narrative, focused on keeping optimistic during this difficult time. Once again teaming up with LA producer and vocalist Rudiger (All American Rejects, Kinks‘Home of Hope’ is an upbeat Americana ballad.
 
‘The Star Prairie Project’ is a recording project set up by Nolen R. Chew Jr, a songwriter from Star Prairie Wisconsin, where the band take their name from. Collaborating with musicians from all over the world to bring his songs to life, The Star Prairie Project is solely a recording project and have been releasing music since 2018.
 
‘Home of Hope’ available on all major platforms

 

The Star Prairie Project Releases Latest Coronavirus Inspired Single ‘Home of Hope’

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Get Some Peace Of Mind From The Ghostly Beard


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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the Ghostly Beard and perhaps it’s times like these, in isolation, that inspire us to share, write about and explore what we’re doing and who we are.

It seems there are many of us are feeling vulnerable, lost and question what life is all about and those who come and go, but we all deserve some peace of mind. 

Ghostly Beards latest song, ‘Peace Of Mind’ is exactly that. The lyrics reflected by the times in one’s life which don’t seem to be improving, hoping the warmth of the sun shining on your face will make it right. 

Artists, singer, songwriters, soul searching to find themselves in normal times just to reach out and find someone who is willing to just listen and Ghostly Beard isn’t alone on this one. 

I know in recent studies taken place in Australia, the most vulnerable to low mood and depression are those in the arts industry, and in these horrid times of isolation and quarantine, daily news on the lonely topic of Covid 19, we can’t deny, is having a huge impact on us all. 

‘Peace Of Mind’ is a song obviously written from the heart and one in which I take my hat off too. It’s a song of questions and hope in amongst the darkness and a reminder, that we are not alone. Good one Ghost! 

‘Peace Of Mind’ is released today 15th April

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Morgan Joanel Shares a Slice of Seductive Alt-Pop with New Single ‘Disappear’


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Fuelled by self-belief and a passion that itself is fuelled by talent and hard work, Morgan Joanel is steadily building a creative empire that spans beyond her native art-form of music into visual and wearable art. An unbridled spirit, Morgan has been a creative force for the last decade Australia-wide and beyond, recently returning to her hometown of Perth to create her latest music release. Whilst her ride from independent to major label artist and back again has been a rollercoaster of big dreams and stifled creativity, the highs and lows have only strengthened her resolve and lifted her game to a world-class standard. Specialising in seductive alt-pop songs, this energy abounds on Morgan’s latest single,  Disappear – marking the highest point of her storied music career.

 

Blessed with a smoky, honey-toned voice, Morgan’s music has always had an alluring quality, highlighted especially in her evocative live performances where live looping of layered harmonies, beats and guitars showcase her musical abilities. From a creatively frustrating experience signed to the world’s largest major label to the freedom and artistic limitlessness of her own independence, Morgan is merging both music and art into a multi-dimensional vision. The concept: a 5 track EP with visual artworks to expand on the music; was funded entirely by her widespread fanbase through a hugely successful Kickstarter.

Whether singing, songwriting, or creating artworks; her natural curiosity and strong worth ethic has always been at the centre of Morgan’s successes, and indeed her happiness. If the excellent standard of her work can be attributed to anything, it is this. Sometimes though, it is a bolt of lightning sent and received without effort or intervention. Lead single Disappear, as the perfect example, was written in 15 minutes… coming completely naturally as if to say the song wrote itself. Ending a bout of writer’s block, Disappear came just days before Morgan was scheduled to enter the studio, and was a much welcome sign of good things to come.

 

From traversing the USA working with Grammy-nominated producers, to hunkering down in Perth’s Blackbird Studios with the esteemed team of Adrian Breakspear (Gang Of Youths) and Dave Parkin (Tired Lion, Abbe May) Morgan has experienced more of the music industry than most. Building on her live sound of intricate loops and rich husky vocal hooks, Disappear is undoubtedly the right move for Morgan as she proves herself the talent so many others have heralded her to be.

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Morgan Joanel Shares a Slice of Seductive Alt-Pop with New Single ‘Disappear’

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilaxfNNtjRU

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INTERVIEW with Nic Rollo; Just Focus On Improving Your Music


Nic Rollo would have to be one of the most talented artists I’ve seen of late. With super cool new music that’s incredibly catchy with the driving beat behind his latest single, ‘Monster’, showcasing his effortless vocals and producing skills with a sound that is new, yet familiar.   

Hailing from Perth, Australia, why am I not surprised. As I’ve said before, there must be something in the water over in the west. 

Rollo’s personal musical tastes include acts such as The Weeknd and Drake and shows determination and dedication to his art which is apparent throughout our interview.

 

 

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MT: Hi Nic, how long have you been singing for and who are some of your musical influences? When did you know music was your calling and when did you figure out why you needed to pursue music as your career?

Nic: Hello hello.  I’ve been singing since I was 15 and have been really focusing on improving for the past 2-3 years after getting a good vocal coach.  It’s been those last few years that I’ve seen the most progress.  Musical influence wise there’s quite a lot, ranging from Tears for Fears, Bonobo, The Weeknd, Drake, etc etc.  I like to listen to as much music as I can to expand those musical horizons.  Ever since I started getting into recording and producing I loved the idea of being a musician, and I think the further I got into it the more it became clear that this was what I was going to do with my life. 

 

MT: Was it a conscious decision to pursue a music career or was it something you just loved, and fell into?

Nic:  It was definitely just something I did a lot of as a hobby that started becoming more and more a pathway I wanted to pursue as a career.  It was about halfway through my uni degree that I really decided I was going to commit to music after recording an EP that sounded better than anything I’d done before.

 

MT: Who do you enjoy listening to as a fan?

Nic: There’s a few, acts like The Weeknd and Drake have been huge inspirations of mine for the longest time.  More recently I’ve been really enjoying Conan Gray and Kacey Musgraves.  These questions are always tricky, I feel like I listen to new stuff every week so my favourite tracks are typically just that week/months findings.

 

MT: When was your very first recording and release?

Nic: Well there were a few tracks back from when I was 15 that I uploaded to my soundcloud and shared with my friends (it sucks).  Here have a listen if you want to hear a poorly recorded, produced, written and mixed song from young Nic.  Aside from those early attempts at music, I recorded a song with my previous band Deli Days (Time-Bomb, which is still on Spotify etc).  It was super exciting going into a proper recording studio for that for the first time, and hearing back a polished song was amazing.  I think those first few times will stay with me forever, there was something magical about it.

 

MT: Can you explain more about the meaning of the ‘Monster’ and how it ties into your music goals?

Nic: Monster is about saying things that you regret, essentially.  It was written during a turbulent time in a previous relationship where it felt like I kept saying petty things that would slowly cause more and more conflict.  The song is about trying to watch those inner demons.  I guess Monster was one of the first songs that I started writing with more of a commercial sound in mind, not that it’s even that hifi.  So I guess it stands as the starting point to a more refined sound from my music. 

 

MT: Do you perform live? Where can people see you perform?

NicI do perform live, although I’ve been taking a break for the past few months to focus on other areas of music like writing songs.  They can see me perform around Perth, and perhaps over East later in the year!

 

MT: I love how the video clip is shot, there looks to be a lot digging going on; how long did you have to dig for and how long did it take to shoot the video?

Nic: Thanks!  Yeah there was certainly a fair amount of digging, although not as much as you might think for a human sized hole.  I was probably only digging for 10 minutes to get it reasonably sized.  The video itself was shot over 2 nights and probably took somewhere between 10-15 hours in total (including driving to scenes, setting up etc ec).  It was a lot of fun!

MT: I see that you are also a producer, so I’m assuming you produced ‘Monster’; How did you begin producing and have you produced other artists’ tracks?

Nic: I sure did.  Producing was never a conscious thought or decision to pursue, I’ve always done it ever since I started writing my own songs.  Over the years (I like to think) I’ve honed the craft to a point where I’m pretty happy with it, although I actively try and improve all the time.  At this stage I have not produced for other artists, but I’d love to at some point in the future!

 

MT: I see that ‘Monster was mastered by Chris Gehringer (Harry Styles, Rihanna and Halsey); what was the experience like working with a person of this calibre?

Nic: Mastering is a bit of a dark art, you send the track to them and they sort of magic it up and send it back.  So in that sense I had very little contact with Chris, but he did a fantastic job.  It’s cool working with people of such high calibres, largely because you don’t have to worry too much about if they’re doing a good or bad job (since they typically do a good job).

 

MT: What’s the best piece of advice that you have received in which you stand by?

Nic: It’s probably some iteration of ‘ be so good that they can’t ignore you’.  I feel like in the music industry you really do have to be creating fantastic music to stand out, so that’s what I try to do.  I’m not saying I’m fantastic, but that’s the goal one day.

 

MT: What has been your biggest challenge in your music career so far? How did you overcome that obstacle?

Nic: It’s probably just the resistance at times I’ve faced from other people in the Perth scene to get around the music I’m creating, both industry people and artists.  I think back when I was starting I had this expectation of everyone jumping on board the Nic Rollo train and saying ‘wow this is incredible’, but obviously that didn’t happen (probably for good reasons).  It was a good thing though, it forced me to focus and work harder on improving the music which I think is the most critical task anyway.

 

MT: From what you have learned about your challenges in the music business?

Nic: You just have to keep going and ignore the others around you.  Everyone is on a different timeline/trajectory, so there’s often no point in comparing yourself to other artists who are doing well.  I think the music industry is one of the industries that can be kind of fickle sometimes, so it’s a good strategy to just focus on improving your music as much as you can and hopefully the industry/scenes will get around it at some point.

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MT: I saw on Instagram that you can cook up a pretty mean Chocolate cake! What’s a typical day for you? Do you work on your music every day? What other activities or hobbies besides music do you like to do that your fans may like to know about?

Nic: Hahaha thank you, it’s some of my finest work.  A typical day often revolves around music, I’ll try to do a bit of writing/producing every day, as well as practicing instruments.  Lately I’ve been teaching music lessons so that will often occupy a few hours in the afternoon.  In terms of other hobbies, I spend a lot of time trying to craft social media content (lately the focus has been TikTok), so that can take up a disgusting amount of time sometimes.  Aside from that I like hanging with my cat Tiggy.

 

MT: Just curious to know about your cat, Tiggy; What on earth is he lying in, were you preparing him for the ‘Monster’ clip or something? Lol

Nic: Tiggy is my favourite and least favourite creature on the planet.  She’s amazing, but she also has a love of peeing on my bed occasionally which isn’t my favourite thing in the world.  She’s probably lying in this big tunnel toy that I got her, she loves to play in it.  Yeah… Monster is actually about Tiggy, she’s evil.

  

MT: Can you tell us why it took so long to release ‘Monster’? 

Nic: I’ve been running on a timeline roughly a year ahead of schedule.  I recorded an EP a few years ago, and an album at the start of last year.  So when I started releasing the EP I was finishing the album.  Monster was always going to be one of the first singles for the end of 2019 / beginning of 2020, and by the time I released it I’d been sitting on the song for pretty much a year.  It was a little bit painful holding onto one of my favourite tracks for so long, but it was worth it.

 

MT:   What are your music plans for 2020? Will we see an EP or Album?

Nic: Lots of releases!  I’ve got a tonne of songs to release over the next few months, and an album that will hopefully drop by the end of this year or beginning of next year.  I’m also looking forward to setting up a few collaborations with other artists this year, as well as ideally a bit of touring later in the year.  All in all it’s looking to be a pretty exciting year.

 

MT: Thank you so much for your time Nic, wishing you all the best! 

INTERVIEW with Nic Rollo; Just Focus On Improving Your Music

INTERVIEW with Nic Rollo; Just Focus On Improving Your Music

Beauty in Chaos and Curse Mackey Catapult Driving Gothic Rock Anthem ‘A Kind Cruelty’


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American alt-rock supergroup  Beauty in Chaos presents their new single, ‘A Kind Cruelty’ ft. Curse Mackey. This is a taster of Beauty in Chaos’ forthcoming full length album ‘The Storm Before The Calm’, to be released on May 22 via LA-based label  33.3 Music Collective . Recorded at Ciravolo’s own SAINTinLA Studio, it was produced by Michael Rozon, Grammy-nominated for his work with Ministry.

Beauty in Chaos is the brainchild of guitarist Michael Ciravolo. Originally from New Orleans and now based in Los Angeles, he is best known as President of Schecter Guitar Research. He also played guitar in Human Drama for 30 years, in addition to playing live and recording with Michael Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel since 1998.

This single follows ‘The Delicate Balance of All Things’ featuring The Mission frontman Wayne Hussey, the first single released off this album.

“When Michael Rozon and I finished this music track, I was a bit of a loss for who I should  approach about singing this one. Two different friends, Mark Thwaite (Peter Murphy/The Mission) and Steven Seibold (Hate Dept.) both suggested Curse Mackey.  I didn’t think I knew him, but it turns out our paths had crossed in our ‘other lives’ in the musical instrument world.  I thought his voice would be a great fit, and I especially liked his lyrical sense.  We hit it off well and I really enjoyed working with him on this song and video, and I do look forward to evolving him in future BIC,” says Michael Ciravolo.

The accompanying video was filmed and directed by Vicente Cordero, edited by Leslie Gladney, and produced by Industrialism Films.

“This is the ninth video we have done with Vicente Cordero and Industrialism Films.  I certainly strive to make each one unique, as with BIC not being a band in the traditional sense, the videos are really our ‘face’.  Since it is my goal to make this new album a bit darker than ‘finding beauty in chaos’, I felt ‘a kind cruelty’ really lent itself to going full-on darkwave.  I wanted it to be dark yet fun … even with some tried and true imagery!  It’s a bit tongue n’ cheek … or would that be teeth in skin?” asks Ciravolo.

Austin’s Curse Mackey  is a prominent performer on the darkwave, post-punk and industrial music scenes. He is known for his prominent participation in PIGFACE and ongoing stints with My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, plus past projects Evil Mothers and Grim Faeries. In 2019, Mackey released his debut solo album ‘Instant Exorcism’, featuring an appearance by Ronny Moorings (Clan of Xymox)’. Mackey has also collaborated with such luminaries as Ogre (Skinny Puppy), Martin Atkins (Ministry/Killing Joke), En Esch (KMFDM), Genesis P-Orridge (Psychic TV), Danny Carey (Tool), and Mat Mitchell (Puscifer).

Mackey recently found himself in the spotlight while filling in for goth legend Peter Murphy in Orlando, who was unable to perform at the final 40 Years of Bauhaus Celebration show in Orlando. Invited by Bauhaus / Love and Rockets bassist David J to stand in on vocals, they played to a sold-out Orlando audience, sowing the seeds for a new collaborative project between Mackey, David J and Rona Rougeheart of alt-electronic darlings SINE.

“When I first heard the instrumental, I was immediately captivated by the driving bassline and uplifting musical chorus. I was inspired by a PT Barnum quote referencing electricity and  to “put a little of it into your blood and we will beat the world” – that was the literal spark that fueled the words. I magined being in the desert under the stars, conjuring the energy to face the world.  I’m excited to be a part of the Beauty in Chaos project and to work with Michael and Tish. I admire them both as artists and entrepreneurs and to also be on a record with Wayne Hussey of The Mission, Seibold of Hate Dept. and the many other talented artists involved gives me a warm fuzzy feeling,” says Curse Mackey.

In 2018, Beauty in Chaos released their acclaimed debut album ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’, followed by the ‘Beauty Re-Envisioned’  album (2019). Other BIC artists include Simon Gallup (The Cure), Al Jourgensen (Ministry), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Pete Parada (The Offspring), dUg Pinnick (Kings X), ICE-T (Body Count), producer Tim Palmer, guitar icon Zakk Wylde, Ashton Nyte (The Awakening), Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets), Rolan Bolan, Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Michael Aston (Gene Loves Jezebel), Paul Wiley (Marilyn Manson), Michael Aston and Dirk Doucette (Gene Loves Jezebel), Pando (A Flock of Seagulls), UMMAGMA, Evi Vine, Johnny Indovina (Human Drama), Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), Betsy Martin (Caterwaul / Purr Machine), Kevin Kipnis (Purr Machine) and KITTY LECTRO, among others.

‘The Storm Before The Calm’ album will be released in late spring 2020 via 33.3 Music Collective. The album will be available at www.beautyinchaosmusic.com/music-store, as well as  Bandcamp. Beginning March 6, Curse Mackey will be touring the USA with Clan of Xymox and Bellwether Syndicate.

CREDITS
Curse Mackey – vocals
Michael Ciravolo – guitars and textures
Michael Rozon – bass, piano and synth
Dirk Doucette – drums
Lyrics written by Curse Mackey
Music written by Michael Ciravolo and Michael Rozon
Recorded, Mixed and Produced by Michael Rozon at SAINTinLA STUDIO
Video filmed and Directed by Vicente Cordero (Industrialism Films)
Video edited by Leslie Gladney (Industrialism Films)
VIDEO BAND: Curse Mackey – vocals / Michael Ciravolo – guitar / Tish Ciravolo – bass /
Dirk Doucette – drums / Leslie Gladney – vampire girl / Sinder and Lilian Sin – fire dancers

CURSE MACKEY TOUR (with Clan of Xymox & Bellwether Syndicate)

Mar 12 Austin, TX @ 3Ten ACL Live
Mar 13 Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Co
Mar 14 Houston, TX @ Numbers
Mar 15 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
Mar 16 Memphis, TN @ Growlers
Mar 18 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Mar 21 Austin, TX @ Valhalla (* solo show for SXSW)

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Australian Indie Pop Artist Lili Kendall One To Watch  


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Indie Pop RnB Artist

 

Los Angeles-based Aussie artist and songwriter Lili Kendall is presenting the official music video for her single “i am my own.” Made in collaboration with feminist filmmaker/director Caroline Iaffaldano , the highly cinematic video revels in extravaganza and absurdity, following Lili through a trilogy of intergalactic travels.

Known for her kitschy and camp visuals, filmmaker Caroline Iaffaldano creates art that challenges the status quo and unravels certain societal standards applied to women. In the “ i am my own” video, Lili voyages through the depth of the universe, experiencing love in several forms along her way before ultimately finding the truest form of love and expansion within herself. “Regardless of the planet or galaxy she ends up in, Lili lands in her own body and is able to receive herself in her limitless capacity she calls home,” Iaffaldano writes.

Lili Kendall wrote “i am my own ” while trying to find comfort in a time of transition and doubt — her move from Brisbane, Australia to Los Angeles, California. Through self-exploration, Lili came to the realization that she can be her own home, her own temple, her own safe place, and her own familiar feeling. It’s about loving and honoring the relationship with self. 

22-year old Lili Kendall is setting herself up to be a pop newcomer to watch. After rolling out a number of enchanting singles in 2019, Lili’s debut project, love, herself, is set to be released in early 2020. love, herself is a transformative and healing body of work that chronicles womanhood, self-empowerment, love, and life. ”I have found peace in the lyrics of these songs,” Lili writes, “writing this project has been how I processed and released all that I’ve encountered over the last two years. I hope listening to these songs has the same effect on people that they’ve had on me.”

Australian Indie Pop Artist Lili Kendall One To Watch

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New Album and Single From Indie Rock Band Nightblade 


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Indie Rock Band

 

Nightblade was formed in 2010, consisting of Mark Crosby, Dave Parish and Bill Fitzsimmons and Richard Jones.

The debut album Servant To Your Lair”  was released in 2011 and Nightblades first tour soon followed. 

Whilst 2011-12 was mainly spent touring the UK, the band began work on their follow-up album Closer To The Threshold”.  This much-anticipated album was released in 2013, with Richard Jones being replaced by Rich Lawley on drums.

The album led to an extensive tour, including gigs at the legendary 100 Club in Camden, and at the O2 in Birmingham, where coincidentally the Black Sabbath reunion gig was taking place right next door. Nightblade were delighted to be able to hear the Sabbath soundcheck whilst in the process of carrying out their own.

Next up in 2015 was the launch of the Crisis Has No Prejudice” EP. It proved to be very popular, getting lots of airplay, and with the title track receiving great recognition and reviews.

Numerous high-profile gigs followed which saw Nightblade taking to the stage with highly regarded international acts such as Snakecharmer, Wolfsbane and Diamond Head.

With a reputation for consistently producing a solid blend of exciting and attacking rock music, Nightblade have attracted fans worldwide, particularly in Germany, Japan, Scandinavia and Europe in general.

Now with a settled line up of Mark Crosby on vocals, Sam Morse on Guitars, Tim Cutcliffe on Bass, backed up by Rich Lawley on Drums and keyboards, Nightblades combined creativity is a force to be reckoned with, producing fresh, innovative, inspiring and poignant material at a startling pace. 

Their new album Ignorance Is Bliss  heralds a venture towards an alternative rock sound which is really quite remarkable, delivering powerful melodies, anthemic choruses and instantly infectious hooks.

Brimming with enthusiasm for this new direction, Nightblade are going for the jugular with this one.

New Album and Single From Indie Rock Band Nightblade

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Afraid Of Ghosts Fresh Take On Electro Pop With New Single ‘No Hero’


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Electro Pop Indie Music

 

Everyone has ghosts they run from and internal struggles that haunt them, and pop newcomers Afraid Of Ghosts tell their own story about wrestling with their demons. With a fresh take on electro-pop, the mysterious supergroup take on love, loss, and the darker aspects of the human experience. The lyrics are heartfelt and raw against an undeniably catchy musical backdrop, but it’s not all gloom and doom; within their story lies a glimmer of hope.

With members from diverse backgrounds and musical tastes, Afraid Of Ghosts explores different genres with an ease and fluency only possible from a collective of artists. You get the sense that this isn’t a traditional band or a pop group, but more of a gathering. It’s an amalgam of tastes and experiences and musical styles, and the result is highly listenable.

For fans of: twenty one pilots, Panic! At The Disco, Imagine Dragons.

Afraid Of Ghosts Fresh Take On Electro Pop With New Single ‘No Hero’

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New Zealand Singer Miranda Easten Releases ‘Cowboy Lullaby’


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Country Artist

 

Miranda Easten is a Country Singer Song-writer hailing from Christchurch New Zealand.  She studied Contemporary Music & Performance at Ara Institute of Canterbury Music Arts and has been mentored by Sacha Vee, founder of SOLE Music Academy, to help establish herself as an artist. In 2014 she formed the duo ‘The Manuka Set’ with no#1 hit making artist Vanessa Kelly. The Manuka Set has created several songs which illuminate current events and social issues.                    

Miranda has been recording her debut album at Roundhead Studios in Auckland with world renowned producer Greg Haver (Melanie C) and New Zealand band ‘Tiny Ruins’.

Her first single ‘Cowboy Lullaby’, released today March 6th 2020, is an honest take on how deep love can bring the simplest of everyday moments into a conscious part of our being.

 

Influences: Crowded House, Dolly Parton, Eva Cassidy, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Alanis Morissette, Janis Joplin, The Beatles, Lana Del Ray, Jewel, Kylie Minogue, Annie Lennox, Greg Johnson.

‘New Zealand Singer Miranda Easten Releases ‘Cowboy Lullaby’

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‘Fem Ross’ Releases Beautiful Romantic Single ‘Once More’


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Indie Music

‘Once More’ is a collaboration between Aaron Romero (lyricist, composer), Joy Cruz (composer) and Fem Ross (Vocals). Telling the story of a breaking couple, the song articulates reminiscing the good moments and begging the other person to stay. This pain coupled with nostalgic joy is expressed in the sweeping music composition which mirrors the lyrics and refined vocal performance from Fem Ross.

Autumn Rain is a new record label based in Los Angeles which has teamed up with singer Fem Ross to release this romantic debut. Fem Ross is a Philippine born vocalist that now lives in New York City. She has enjoyed success with a variety of singing competitions including The Singer and the Song and was selected to sing the National anthem at the NBA season 2018-19.

‘Once More’ is now available across all streaming platforms.

‘Fem Ross’ Releases Beautiful Romantic Single ‘Once More’

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Exciting Super Cool Single from Dublin Artist Marcus


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Indie Artist
Press Shot by Shane Caldwell

Mixing influences of Frank Ocean, Amy Winehouse with Skepta and Mos Def, Marcus has created a unique, alternative, enticing pop sound.

OBEY was written over a year ago about an on/off relationship Marcus was in. It talks about how even though someone can hurt you it doesn’t change how you feel about them.

Having dropped out of college in 2015 Marcus started writing songs and began gigging continuously around open mic nights in Ireland. The love of performing and songwriting took him to London in 2016 where he honed his craft while playing any and every night he could. 

With only a shoestring budget to work off, himself and the delivery driver at the takeaway he worked at, begged, borrowed and stole their way to making the beautiful and cinematic video to accompany the single. The modern day Bonnie & Clyde story was directed by Alan Dunne and Stubborn Monkey Media and fits perfectly with the tone and ideas of the song.

Check out the Video Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1Ln_0BnLwY&feature=emb_title

Exciting Super Cool Single from Dublin Artist Marcus

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Chief State Could Easily Be Opening Up For Larger Bands


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Chief State – ‘Tough Love’

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So it’s February 2020 & I have to say Pop-Punk has been off my radar for a while.

Had the pleasure to be re-introduced via some new blood ( they formed in 2016 ) who hail from Vancouver, British Columbia.

‘Chief State’ is a five piece of young lads who have an album being released late March through ‘Mutant League Records’.

Their new collection of songs has been titled ‘Tough Love’ & just a few days ago their new single (Reprise) debuted its video.

The track opens with high energy riffage & It’s matched with the angst-coated scream of,

“I’ll Tread Light Where You Lay, I Should Be Pushing You Away”

Ah now you see, that’s what I’ve been missing!

Catchy guitar licks follow to lead into an anthemic chorus, perfect for a bunch of punters to chant along to
while the clacking of skateboards is heard in the distance.

‘Chief State’ have stuck to the structure that has made this genre popular & it must be hard to bring something fresh to the plate.

Frontman Fraser Simpson’s lyrical content is written from personal experience & ‘Reprise’ has depth I hadn’t personally felt from punk in a long time.

These guys could easily be opening for larger acts & dare I say, leave some of the dinosaur bands thinking they need to step up their game.

Looking forward to the new album release but for the single I’m giving 8.5 Maple Leaves out of 10

 

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Heavenly and Alluring New Single from Madeline Finn “Love Me Like I Love You”


 

Indie Artist

The moody, midtempo “Love Me Like I Love You” showcases Finn’s musical range. Her voice is open and honest–resigned, disappointed, and melancholy–as she comes to the realization that it’s best to let a partner go, since their emotions just aren’t aligned (“You don’t bend me like I break you”). And while driven throughout by brittle piano, “Love Me Like I Love You” is bolstered by sighing backing harmonies, heartbeat-steady drums, and a thundering bridge full of scorching electric guitar fuzz. 

Madeline Finn touches on a wide range of sonic directions in her solo work: sparse folk, meditative piano ballads, twangy rock, and string-laced indie. Luckily, the Cleveland-raised singer-songwriter is also the rare vocal talent with the range to handle just about any music she wants to write. She’ll howl and whisper, rage and mourn, croon and conspire—always with breathtaking precision and heart-piercing sincerity. A Top 70 American Idol finalist in 2018, Finn has also fronted two bands (the pop-punk-leaning band Envoi, Americana-tinged trio Whiskey Hollow) and toured throughout New England, the Pacific Northwest, and her adopted hometown of Nashville. Currently she’s looking to put out a new solo album mixed by Dave Schiffman (Jimmy Eat World, Weezer, Frank Turner) later this year. Stay tuned to Madeline Finn’s  Website for the latest info, or follow her below. 

Heavenly and Alluring New Single from Madeline Finn “Love Me Like I Love You”

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Australian Indie Artist

Dallas Cosmas – ‘Hand In Hand’

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If you are a lover of the independent music that screams the warmth and celebration of woodstock, and the good ol’ fashion use of genuine music comprising bona fide instruments, then I suggest you take a listen to the work from Dallas Cosmas.

 

Dallas Cosmas is one of the Melbournian artists where there must be something grand in their water-ways oozing music talent organisms or something of that nature.

He is certainly no new-comer, having been the man behind many productions and musical endeavours for over three decades.

His latest release, ‘Hand in Hand’ from the album ‘Alpha Betta Gamma’ remains in line with the melancholy experience whilst rising above with commemorating melodies.

What may be a new auditory experience for millennials and Gen Z, Cosmas sits firmly in the credible era of music with the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix and Ike & Tina to name a few. (google those Gen Z and listen well)

Lavish gospel backing vocals are a stand out in ‘Hand In Hand’ in association with authentic drumming and guitar.

The rejuvenating music video shows the coherence feeling of ease as with many, in a time and world before when the widespread populace enjoyed viewing the going-on’s within the studio and recording process as a simple music video that still remains engaging and entertaining to watch.

 

Tracey gives 4 out of 5 stars.

4 Star Rating

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Australia’s Indie Artist Parker On The Right Track To Succeed


Parker is not just a singer, but a visual artist, songwriter and musician whose obvious experience has helped path the way for where she stands today.

Her recent release, ‘Become The Fool’ is just a taste of what’s to come , as this inspiring indie artist has clearly worked hard with great thought, a prominent team and  has reached out from beyond with guidance to better herself and find her mindset within this brutal industry. 

It’s obvious this young woman is in control of her destiny and has taken the time to manage and find who she is as an artist and what’s important to her to succeed in the music business.

You will see and hear, Parker’s music is not only about the song, not just about the voice; but about a complete musical and visual experience as an art form. 

Parker is one to watch and enjoy her journey and her rise upwards. We have no doubt, it won’t be long before Parker gains audiences from all over the globe. 

 


Australia’s Indie Artist Parker On The Right Track To Succeed

MT: Who are some of your musical influences? When did you know music was your calling and when did you figure out why you needed to pursue music as your career?

Parker: Dolly Parton is one of my biggest musical influences.  Her effortless vocals and flawless songwriting continue to inspire me to this day.  As a kid I spent a lot of time on my own in the bush writing songs about my imaginary friends and singing to myself.  I guess I’ve always known that singing and story telling was my destiny.  I’ve always felt a strange sense of responsibility to use this incredible gift (my voice). So long as I’m singing I’m on the right path. 

 

MT: Your vocals on your current single, ‘Become the Fool’ are so enchanting, smooth, well controlled and so easy to listen to, which is such an important factor for songs, as so many singers feel the need to over sing. How long have you been singing for? 

Parker: I’ve been singing as long as I can remember.  It just came naturally to me.  As a 2 year old I would sit next to my dad at the piano while he played Everly Brothers songs and I would hum along.  I joined the school choir when I was 8 years old and performed as a soloist.  When I went to boarding school I didn’t study music but I would sneak down into the laundry room at night and practice.  A few years ago I had some formal lessons which really helped me to find the depth and quality I use in my voice now.   The most important part of a vocal performance is not the singing technique though.  It’s embodying the emotion and meaning of the words.  Humans are incredibly discerning when it comes to the subtle nuance in tone and delivery of language. 

 

MT: Who do you enjoy listening to as a fan? 

Parker: I love listening to anything I can sing along with.  Joni Mitchell, The Carpenters, Sheryl Crow and Robyn have been on my recent road trip listening playlists. I also love listening to movie soundtracks.  Chocolat by Rachel Portman has been on repeat at home recently. 

 

MT: When was your very first recording and release? 

Parker: I recorded my first album of songs in 2003 in Perth WA at Kevin Bloody Wilson’s home studio. (writing that sentence sounds absurd but it’s true!!!)  It was a country record and I sold over 2000 copies at shows performing in the Kimberley and Northern Territory.  Luckily for me this was all before streaming music was a thing so this album is not online anywhere.  You’ll just have to imagine how cute I sounded with my country twang singing about teen heartache.  

 

MT: Can you explain more about the meaning of the ‘Become the Fool’ and how it ties into your music goals?

Parker: Become The Fool tells the story about being left by the person I loved and the realisation that I had scarified too much of myself and my dreams for them.  It is such a common experience, in fact I think we all do this at least once in our lives. We often use helping others as a distraction when we are afraid to shoot for our own dreams.  Now I put all of my time and energy into my own music and art practice and I am incredibly grateful to have been set free to do so. 

 

MT: Can you explain a little bit about your song-writing process? 

Parker:  Become The Fool was co-written with Becki Whitton and Hans Van Vliet.  I love collaboration and I love this writing and production team we’ve formed for PARKER.  I often start songs in short bursts, usually a one hour session just getting down ideas.  Then I send these through to Hans and Becki and we flesh out the arrangement and refine the lyrics and vocal melodies together.  I used to just write alone but finding this new collaborative way of working has really helped me develop my skills as a lyricist and vocalist. 

MT: As an independent artist, it looks like you have an amazing team around you. Who makes the final decisions on your songs, production and even direction of your music?

Parker: I think of myself more as a curator of this music project.  I guess I have the final say on all the creative output for PARKER but I work with the most incredibility talented bunch of musicians and artist that most of the time I just let them do their thing.  When ever I work with someone I give them as much creative freedom as possible.  My role is more to help them feel confident and challenged at the same time.  I want everyone I work with to feel like they are making the best work of their career so we set the standards high but also make sure there is joy in the process.

 

MT: The music video to the single is incredible as it makes the viewer feel like we are there within the 3D imagery as it jumps out. Can you tell us how this video was filmed and how the idea of how it was created came about?  

Parker: This clip is all Hans Van Vliet. We were going to release Become The Fool without a video but once we had locked in the release date Hans came up with this idea to create an animated clip of a dancing figure using the game engine Unity.  He had been researching some new motion capture and fabric simulation software and all he needed was a design brief for the environment.  Earlier last year I had been working with an amazing multidisciplinary artist and photographer from Tasmania, Tim Kling, and he suggested I look at Bauhaus design and photography for inspiration on the visual assets to accompany this single.   Hans researched Bauhaus design and colour theory and modelled the city on famous Bauhaus buildings and photographs.  The colour for the cloak was a pattern paying homage to Anni Albers fabric works.  For the closing credits I worked with an incredible young photographer from Hobart, Jacob Collings.  I made a version of the cloak from the video with the help of my niece and we used it for the press photos to accompany this release. 

 

MT: What has been your biggest challenge in your music career so far? How did you overcome that obstacle?

Parker: Overcoming my own fears and limiting beliefs about my ability to be a successful artist.  I have been working with an amazing Creativity Mindset coach for the past 5 years.  Mijo Biscan works with artists and musicians and provides them with an amazing set of tools for goal setting and time management.  Self managed artists often struggle to focus their time and energy effectively.  Mijo keeps me accountable to the promises I make to artistic practice. I would not be here without his constant support, encouragement and guidance. 

MT: From what you have learned about your challenges in the music business, what advice would you like to give upcoming independent artists? 

Parker: Don’t get distracted by the business side of things.  You are an artist.  Your job is to make art. 

 

MT:   Besides singing, do you play any musical instruments? How long have you been playing them?

Parker: I’ve been playing guitar since I was 16 and I have recently learned to play piano. I still write mostly on guitar or ukulele and I perform on these instruments in another band Runaway Belles with Emma Anglesey. 

 

MT: What’s a typical day for you? Do you work on your music every day? What other activities or hobbies besides music do you like to do that your fans may like to know about?

Parker: I always start my day with a gratitude practice.  Then I make a cup of tea and walk around the house and garden talking to my plants (like a crazy person).  I have a huge collection of indoor plants and a beautiful established garden that hosts native birds, lizards, wallabies and the occasional echidna. After this I read my goals for the year and do 10 minutes of journaling to help focus my day.   I work from home full time on my music and art.  I have a daily practice of vocal exercises, piano practice and rehearsing songs for any upcoming performances or recording.  Collaboration means I am often checking in with the people I’m working with on projects.  At the moment I have some live acoustic videos that I will be filming in March with Ladychoir and my band so I have to send through storyboards and work out production specs for those.  I’ve also started rehearsing for the Costume Dream Palace support shows so practicing my parts and sewing cloaks is going to be filling my time for the next few weeks. I usually take a break for lunch and meet up with friends in town at one of my favourite cafes. At the end of the day I love going for a run and a if it’s warm enough a swim in Cataract Gorge.  I’m generally in bed by 9pm.  I have a strict ‘no tech after 9pm’ rule.  

 

MT:   What’s next for Parker? What are your music plans for 2020? Will we see an EP or Album? 

Parker: 2020 is going to be a year of singles.  Hans and I have committed to making amazing music videos for every song so we’ve got our work cut out for us.  I will release 3 more singles and then we have a writing break at the end of the year to work on some more material.  I also have an art exhibition at Rubicon ARI in Melbourne in July in collaboration with Drawer/Sculptor Jo Lane.  And I’ve applied for some residencies for art-making and songwriting in Europe later this year.  So there will be plenty of songs and art for everyone to enjoy this year and next.

 

MT: Do you perform live? Where can people see you perform next; are you planning on taking your music out to the fans? 

Parker: I have just been invited to support Costume on the Tasi leg of their national Dream Palace theatre tour.  I’m so excited as these will be my first shows with my new band.  I’m sure these will be the first of many performance opportunities for this year. 

I’m also going to be recording some live acoustic videos this year so be sure to keep an eye out for those.

 

MT: Do you have any specific rituals or do anything specific before you head out on stage or even before you record your vocals in the studio?

Parker: When recording vocals with the amazing Becki Whitton we spend time discussing the emotion of the song (and eating cake).  I before I do a take I visualise myself as the character and in the environment we’ve discussed – for example I recently embodied Mother Earth for a song we wrote about the future of the human race. 

Before a performance I usually wish everyone on the team a great show including all the crew who work behind the scenes.  They are the ones who make a show possible and very rarely get acknowledged for their performance.  

 

MT: Thank you so much for your time Parker, I really appreciate it and all the very best with ‘Become The Fool’ 

 

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Shelly Segal Hit’s all The Right Notes with New Single ‘NO’


Shelly Segal Hit’s all The Right Notes with New Single ‘NO’

Australian Singer Indie Artist

LA-based songwriter Shelley Segal has her released latest single No, a modern, bold and assertive track that describes the difficulty many women face when turning down sexual advances. 

Shelley has also announced her masterful new EP Holy, a masterclass in intimate lyricism and exciting, innovative Americana, set for release on November 1.  

The Australian musician has been living and working in Los Angeles for three years, writing and recording Holy in the US while touring and collaborating on a host of noteworthy artistic projects. 
 
No has a sentiment that will ring true for many women who have found themselves in a situation where it was almost impossible to say the word.  Driving guitars and textured percussion propel the track forward with serious attitude, while Shelley’s honeyed vocals carve a stunning melody on top. 

Speaking on the inspiration behind this important track, Shelley explains,

No is a song about consent and the subtleties surrounding it.  It describes three different scenarios in which the protagonist finds it difficult to say no to sexual advances.  I wrote the song because even though it’s 2019 and so many women feel comfortable asserting themselves and speaking up for themselves, and even though there has been so much public discourse and progress on these issues, there are still scenarios where it feels hard to say ‘no’.  You can find yourself in a situation that you don’t want to be in and yet be unable to express that.  It’s not always easy in the moment to process the potential consequences that may come from your reaction.  Like the examples in the song for instance, in a work environment, in the street with a stranger.  Saying ‘no’ can create adverse outcomes like risking your job, or your safety.  This discussion around consent is not as straightforward as maybe we would like it to be and I wanted to reflect on those nuances.”

No is the first taste of Shelley Segal’s glorious new EP Holy.  This is an artist who has truly found her feet; Holy Man shines with energetic roots, rock riffs, skilled arrangement and Shelley’s undeniable lyrics and beautiful vocal performance.  San Antonio tugs at the heartstrings, a simple acoustic track with a deeply affecting message, while Holy is steeped in attitude and power, as Shelley sings, “I believe my body is beautiful, and it belongs to me.” 

The EP was recorded in Brooklyn at Atomic Sound Studios with Dakota Bowman and Merle Chornuk (Tandy, Ryan Adams), it was produced and co-written (3 songs) with New York producer, guitarist and film composer Askold Buk and was mastered by Ted Jensen (Norah Jones, Dave Matthews).  Speaking on the making of the release, Shelley enthuses,

“I’ve been working on the songs for this record for over the last three years – since 2016, the year I moved to the US.  I’ve called the ep ‘HOLY‘  which felt like a really powerful statement.  In the Jewish tradition I grew up in, what was holy was dictated to me.  Which words, items and actions and even which people were holy was dictated to me.  To elevate my life, my songs, my experiences and my voice (which was not allowed to be heard unaccompanied in my synagogue), to call them holy is incredibly empowering.  It’s a challenge to those who want to use concepts of holiness and the sacred to create hierarchies, often placing themselves at the top.  I hope it will inspire people to decide for themselves what is holy and sacred to them.”
 
Shelley has been living and working in the US since 2016, and in between touring the country and writing music for her own project, Shelley has done everything from writing for musicals, for Estonian pop star ELYSA, and Dutch artist Glennis Grace, among others.  She has also worked tirelessly for charity group One Law For All, writing two songs for the organisation and reciving the CEMB Award (Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain) for her contributions.  Always busy with multiple thought-provoking projects on the go at once, Shelley is currently working on the music for a documentary (entitled Transmission Love) about a young transgender girl growing up in LA, as well as a conservation-themed EP with a science educator and biologist about the Puget Sound Watershed in Washington State.

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Inner 29 Bring Pop-Punk/Emo To the Scene with New Music


Inner 29 Bring Pop-Punk/Emo To the Scene with New Music

Pop-Punk Emo BandBrand new EP from Brazilian based pop-punk/emo band –  INNER 29  . Full of catchy choruses and punchy guitar and piano driven pop-punk music. Fans of Something Corporate, Blink-182, Motion City Soundtrack, Relient K, Homegrown, Jimmy Eat World, Armor For Sleep, and Brandtson will find something to instantly enjoy about this new band.

About INNER 29:

A Brazilian three-piece band that is ready to show the world they mean business, INNER 29 is a living example that the youthful feel of Pop-Punk is something anyone anywhere can enjoy.

It all started out as a project by Mateus Freitas (Vocals, Guitar, Piano), who produced and recorded some demos in his bedroom in early 2018. He sent the songs to his closest friends, and based on their feedback, decided to record an EP on a professional studio, under the name Inner 29. He then invited two friends to join the group, Anderson Leonardo (Bass, BV) and Alexandre Junior (Guitar, BV).

Inspired by bands like Relient K, Mae, and Jimmy Eat World, and set out to make memorable music, they tracked their debut EP. “As far as sound and production, Inner 29 is quite impressive; in fact, the whole EP sounds like it was touched on by the finest producers available”, wrote Jesus Freak Hideout music reviewer Scott Fryberger on the record. Warm-heartedly received by their town’s scene, the debut also caught the attention of US-based record label Indie Vision Music.

Though distributed independently at first, the EP “Now and Again, Here” will be rereleased through IVM, remixed, with new artwork, mastering by Troy Glessner (New Found Glory, Neck Deep, Emery), and with two new songs.
Bringing a refreshing take on Pop-Punk/Emo to the scene, with sound and aesthetic reminiscent of the 2000’s and thoughtful lyrics, Inner 29 is a band to keep an eye on. The story is just beginning!

 

 

   

 

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